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  • Locations: Muscat, Oman
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Oman Winter (January) 2020



Program Information:
William & Mary’s January program in Oman will consist of a two-week study tour.  This year's program will use Muscat as a base and travel out to Ibri and a desert camp, exploring the variety of geography and culture that Oman has to offer. The program will tour through the rugged Al Hajar Mountains, explore the vast dunes of the Sharqiya Sands, listen to local musicians, and visit the scenic Indian Ocean coastline.  Housing (in modest hotels), transportation (by bus), and meals are included in the program fee.

Oman is a country located at the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula on the Indian Ocean.  Oman is among the most developed and stable countries in the Arab world with a long history of partnership with the United States.  The desert landscape and sweeping coastline form an ideal setting for studying geology and the environment. Oman has been a maritime crossroads between South and Southeast Asia, East Africa, and the Mediterranean and Arab World for centuries and Omanis have a rich distinctive culture and a vibrant traditional arts scene that reflects long time and ongoing interactions across the desert and  around the Indian Ocean.

Quick Facts: 
This abroad experience offers INTR 299 (1-credit pre-course, late-Fall 2018), as well as INTR 390 - Natural History and Contemporary Culture of Oman (3-credit course).  It also fulfills the COLL 300 requirement.

W&M Faculty:
Chuck Bailey, Chair/Professor of Geology
Anne Rasmussen, Professor of Music/Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Arrival Date: Jan 6, 2020
Departure Date: Jan 18, 2020

Application ($75): September 24, 2019
Deposit ($600): October 16, 2019
Balance: November 1, 2019
*students should note that the application fee and deposit are non-refundable. 

Program Fee: 
$2,800 (TBC)

What is covered:
Course fees
Transportation in country
Most Meals
Museum entrance fees
Excursion/Performance fees
Site visits and guest lecturers 
International Health Insurance

What is NOT covered:
Visa  (about $60)
Personal Expenses
Some meals

Funding: Students have the opportunity to apply for the Critchfield Scholarship, a need-based scholarship intended to fund study abroad in the Middle East. To apply complete the questionnaire included in the application. 

Questions? Please contact the study abroad advisor for this program, Marina Knapp (mpknapp@wm.edu) 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.